Game and Parks freeing pheasants | Recreation




The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will release adult rooster pheasants to 16 wildlife management areas before Thanksgiving weekend.

The 16 WMAs are: Powder Creek (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County) , Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Randall W. Schilling (Cass), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County) and Rakes Creek (Cass County).

To view a map of pheasant release sites, visit and click on the “pheasant releases” tab.

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Pheasants will be released to improve hunting opportunities over the extended Thanksgiving weekend and encourage families to spend time together in the field. Non-toxic shot is required in WMAs Kirkpatrick Basin North, Peru Bottoms, Randall W. Schilling and Wilkinson, but otherwise all usual regulations apply.

The Nebraska Pheasant, Quail, and Prairie Grouse seasons run through January 31, 2022. Applicable permits and stamps can be purchased at For more information on these and other publicly available lands throughout Nebraska, visit or contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641.

Landowner deer season a success

– For hunters in the first special season of the Nebraska landowners deer, their season is over.

The $ 8 special deer landowner permit, of which 3,690 has been sold, was only valid for the three-day season, which ended on November 8, and is not valid for any other season. deer.

According to preliminary results from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, hunters had a 24% success rate during the special deer season for landowners.

The harvest includes 590 white-tailed deer, 100 white-tailed deer, 177 mule deer and 21 mule deer.

The overall harvest was highest in the Blue Northwest (81), Frenchman (81), Wahoo (77), Blue Southeast (71), Platte (68), Elkhorn (66) and Loup East (64) deer management units. ).

The Special Seasonal Landowner Permit allowed an eligible landowner to hunt on their property on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday before the armed deer season opened in November.

The special deer season for landowners was created by the passage of LB 126 in the 2020 session of the Nebraska Legislature.

For more information on deer hunting, season dates and regulations, visit



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